Hanmi Bank Raises 13-Month Gro CD Rate To 2.85% APY


Deal Summary: Gro CDs – 13-month (2.85% APY) and 15-month (2.95% APY), minimum $5k opening deposit, new money.

Availability: Market area includes major metropolitans areas in California, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Virginia.

California-based Hanmi Bank recently raised the rates on its two Gro CDs: 13-month (2.85% APY) and 15-month (2.95% APY). According to the Bank's Deposit Interest Rates sheet, the stated APYs are available through the Bank’s market area. The minimum opening deposit is $5k of new money, which is defined as “money that is not held at Hanmi Bank.”

The Bank’s Truth-in-Savings product disclosure provides the following details about the Gro CDs.

COMPOUNDING/CREDITING FREQUENCY: Interest is simple interest and will not be compounded. Interest payment will be annually and at maturity.

TRANSACTION LIMITATION: If you withdraw any principal before the maturity date, it will be considered as Early Withdrawal. Your account will be closed.

EARLY WITHDRAWAL PENALTIES: equal to three (3) month’s simple interest of the withdrawal amount.


Headquartered in Los Angeles, Hanmi Bank’s market area includes portions of California, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Virginia.

Opening a CD (or any other type of account) at Hanmi Bank can be done at any of the 42 full-service branches located in California (24), Illinois (5), New Jersey (1), New York (1), Texas, (10), and Virginia (1). All the branch locations are in or near major metropolitan areas.

Bank Overview

Hanmi Bank has an overall health grade of "A+" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 2.42% (excellent) based on September 30, 2018 data. In the past year, Hanmi Bank has increased its total non-brokered deposits by $155.44 million, an excellent annual growth rate of 3.73%. Please refer to our financial overview of Hanmi Bank (FDIC Certificate # 24170) for more details.

Established in 1982, Hanmi Bank is currently the 23rd largest bank headquartered in California, with more than $5.4 billion in assets. Hanmi Bank became the leader in Korean American banking in 2004 when it acquired its hometown rival, Pacific Union Bank. Ten years later, Hanmi Bank acquired United Central Bank, expanding its market area into Texas. The pending merger with SWNB Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiary banks was expected to be finalized by the end of 2018. According to an Ecommerce Daily News article,

Hanmi Financial in Los Angeles hit a roadblock in its plan to buy SWNB Bancorp in Houston. The $405 million-asset SWNB failed to secure enough shareholder votes to approve its sale, even though the meeting was delayed by nearly two weeks after Hanmi committed more cash to the deal. The unsuccessful vote has created a standstill between buyer and seller. It is unclear what will happen next.

How the CDs Compare

When compared to the similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that require a similar minimum deposit and are available within the Bank’s market area, Hanmi Bank’s 13-month Gro CD APY currently ranks third.

When compared to the similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that require a similar minimum deposit and are available within the Bank’s market area, Hanmi Bank’s 15-month Gro CD APY currently ranks third.

The above rates are accurate as of 2/28/2019.

To look for the best CD rates, both nationwide and state specific, please refer to our CD Rates Table.

Related Pages: New York CD rates, Washington CD rates, Chicago CD rates, Houston CD rates, Dallas CD rates, Los Angeles CD rates, San Francisco Bay CD rates, San Diego CD rates, 1-year CD rates

  |     |   Comment #1
I called Hanmi Bank to inquire about the cd rates for the 13 mo cd and the 15 mo cd, and was told that the rates are only good if the cd is opened on-line.
  |     |   Comment #2
I went to the branch to inquire about the 13 and 15 month CD and was told also the rate was only for online, but it does not state online only on the many sites quoting the rates.
I am going to call their main branch on Monday and see what is actual.
  |     |   Comment #3
Online banking account only. These CDs have a max deposit limit of 100K. They also must by funded through ACH transfer. You can't have a POD or beneficiary. Disclosures are not clear until after you open the account. The current link in not working for these offers. You have to call and ask for special online "GRO CD" offers.1-855 773-8778
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  |     |   Comment #4
Sounds like a ateention grabbing ploy.
No POD, what is that about. If something sounds too good to be true..it is..
That Philosophy has always been my best friend for 60 years.
One year ago I struggled with local branch to match a local rate and left...
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